Matheson Lurie was born on Friday, September 13, 2002, at University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson, AZ, the son of Cameron and Angie (Bates) Lurie. He was a twin; his twin sister is Amelia Lurie.
The twins were born 16 weeks premature. Each weighed a pound and a half at birth and would have fit in the palm of a hand - except that we could not touch them. They were born in extremely critical condition and were baptized in the UMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on September 14, 2002.
Matheson had open-heart surgery at UMC on September 21, 2002.
He lived only ten days. He fought very hard to live that long.
He died on Monday, September 23, 2002, at UMC. On September 26 we took turns holding him for the only time as we said good-bye to Matheson at Valley Funeral Home and then at a funeral Mass at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, both in Tucson.